ECSS-E-ST-33-11C Rev.1


self-sustaining, exothermic decomposition reaction of an explosive substance, whose apparent velocity is less than the velocity of sound in the substance and greater than the speed of sound in air


  • NOTE It is generally accepted that the energy transmission takes place via a mechanical compression wave. This type of reaction is intermediary between combustion and detonation. It differs from combustion through the presence of a significant compression wave in the surrounding environment. [Dictionary of explosive related terms]
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